Video shows capture of top Taliban leader behind deadly Kabul attacks
Afghan and U.S. SOF conducted a night-time raid targeting a terrorist cell, in Pul-e Alam district, Logar province, Apr. 22, 2018, according to a report by the NATO Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan.
The report further adds that the cell plans, facilitates, and carries out attacks in the Kabul area. The raid resulted in the capture of Ahmad Gul, the cell leader responsible for directing and implementing attacks.
The source also added that Gul is a member of the al-Hamza Martyrdom Battalion, an offshoot of the Taliban that receives direction, funding, and weapons from the Haqqani Network. Gul is the fourth HMB attack facilitator to be killed or captured by Afghan and U.S. SOF since Mar. 1, 2018.
“On Mar. 23, 2018, ASSF captured Mohammad Alam, a Haqqani Network terrorist that was responsible for providing the HMB with direction from the Haqqani Network. These on-going raids are a part of a focused effort by the Afghan coalition to prevent and deter attacks targeting the residents of Kabul City,” the report adds.